Milford Sound is a fiord within Fiordland National Park and is one of the top tourist destinations in the South Island, so obviously this is the first thing we booked when we touched down in Queenstown on our honeymoon in October 2018.
We travelled from Te Anau as it's only a 2 hour drive as apposed to 4 hours from Queenstown. The drive was just as spectacular as the sound itself, we travelled during the middle of spring so the snow was layered on the mountain tops and partially scattered within the ranges we travelled through. The air was crisp and fog just settling below mountain peaks as we set off at around 0830 that morning.
Passing through the eerie Homer tunnel was interesting as natural rock formations lined the tunnel with yesterdays rain water and condensation dripping onto the road. A couple of lights are spread throughout the tunnel but you have to rely heavily on your headlights if you aren't lucky enough to have a bus lighting the way ahead.
If you have time for a short stop the Chasm waterfall is an awesome view, it's a short distance from the road side and a perfect excuse to stretch your legs. It's not far from Homer tunnel on Milford side and is well sign posted so you shouldn't miss it, even if you're not keen for a walk it's a good place to stop to get the chance to see or hear Kea being the curious and mischievous parrots they are. The Chasm is a series of powerful waterfalls billowing through a channel in the native forest and over centuries creating perfectly formed round holes and swirls in the rocks. It's awesome after rainfall as you will really get to experience the shear power water can create.
Take a lunch with you. We made the mistake of dining at the cafe and paid $5 for a can of coke, I'm not getting into how much I paid for a dry white bread sandwich as I could hear my wallet screaming at me from my back pocket.